Up-and-coming Strikeforce welterweight fighterLuke Stewart (5-1) will look to rebound from the first loss of his career when he takes on "Ultimate Fighter 4" alum and mixed martial arts veteran, Shonie Carter (39-17-7), at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on on June 27, according to a recent MySpace.com bulletin.
Perhaps best known for his spinning backfist knockout win against former champ Matt Serra seven years ago, Carter has since made his name a recognizable one in this business.
His 63 career professional fights prove that he is a true fighter, despite coming off as more of a showman at times. The list of names he's fought against include Jon Fitch, Matt Serra, Pat Miletich, Dave Menne, Nate Marquardt, Chris Lytle, Karo Parysian, Marcus Davis, Jason McDonald and more.
He's a true journeyman.
Stewart, on the other hand, is just beginning his journey. This will be his seventh professional mixed martial arts fight -- all with the San Jose, Calif.-based Strikeforce promotion. He suffered the first set back of his young career this past March at Strikeforce: "Shamrock vs. Le" at the hands of Tiki Ghosn.
One of the most important things in a young fighters progression is how he handles his first loss and how he performs his next time out.
This is that test for Luke Stewart.
He's a black belt under Ralph Gracie and spends a lot of time training with guys like Nick Diaz and Jake Shields. He's a very confident -- and coming off his first loss -- he's going to be very dangerous.
This should be a solid addition to this event, which is scheduled to air on HDNet. Check out the developing card after the jump.
Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez vs. Josh "The Punk" Thompson
Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Bobby Southworth vs. Anthony Ruiz
Nam Pham vs. Billy Evangelista
Luke Stewart vs. Shonie Carter